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Walla Walla Valley Birdshot Challenge set for June 13

MILTON-FREEWATER — The 2015 Walla Walla Valley Birdshot Challenge returns June 13.

Kids’ fishing day scheduled for Sunday at Bennington Lake

A kids’ fishing day, where ages 14 and younger can fish for free, will be 8 a.m.-noon Sunday at Bennington Lake. Kids will receive free tackle and bait, a hot dog and a Pepsi product. Fishing rods will be available to borrow or purchase.

Northwest sees morel shroom boom

PULLMAN — Morels, wild mushrooms prized for their depth of flavor, are enjoying a banner year in much of the Pacific Northwest. Not only did they appear early, but there are lots of them and they are good quality, according to a mushroom expert at Washington State University.

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Real life rescue on the White Salmon River

I have always considered myself an outdoor enthusiast. Unfortunately, my skills have seldom matched my interests and I have encountered a disproportionate number of mishaps on rivers and streams for time spent on the water. It doesn’t take much to get in real trouble, just the wrong set of circumstances or a simple mistake.

Two rods, one salmon make for great story

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Lewiston’s Arlyn Tietz.

Annapurna climbers apply skills to Nepal disaster relief

Spokane mountaineer Jess Roskelley uses his skills to reach isolated villages.

Biologist seeks answers on coastal cutthroat trout

Most days this time of year, James Losee is working on salmon or steelhead projects for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Washington tiger trout program suffers setback

The Eastern Washington tiger trout program, which hatched a former state record at Fish Lake in Spokane County, was curbed when a 2013 disease outbreak related to kokanee forced cutbacks at the state’s Ford Fish Hatchery.

Alaska fish and game commissioner close wolf hunt early near Denali Park

The wolf hunting season near Denali National Park and Preserve will end early this year, Alaska’s Fish and Game commissioner announced Thursday, citing a recent report of a wolf shot after scavenging from a bear baiting station.

Sheriff’s office offers free boat inspections

Warm weather means boating season is here again, and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office will be helping boaters with their preseason preparations, according to a news release.

Washington youths give best shot at clay target sports

Twenty teams from across the state compete in the fifth annual state clay target event May 2-3.

72-year-old hiker bags Grand Canyon goal

Dawes Eddy, 72, continues to rewrite the physical limitations of growing older, most recently during a butt-kicking hike in Grand Canyon National Park.

Women see bigger role in hunting

Increasing numbers of women are learning to shoot rifles and bows to enjoy hunting and the meat they can put on the table.

Navigating uncertainty

A trip to Montana’s Smith River requires modifications.

Column - Drought amps up wildfire risks, drives 'painted ladies' north

May is here, and this year it’s shaping up to be a dry one in the Walla Walla Valley. And that means a higher than average risk of wildfires.